In the American movie industry today, Quentin Tarantino is almost synonymous to authenticity, uniqueness, and eccentricity. His works are all of these wrapped up in one. He is a screenwriter, director, producer and actor whose work is characterized by satires, non-linear storylines, extended dialogue, use of profanity and lots of violence. There is also a fusion of the classic and pop culture which lends it some authenticity.
He has received several prestigious awards and nominations for his outstanding works like the Golden Globe, Academy, and BAFTA awards.
Quentin Tarantino’s Biography
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the United States on the 27th of March 1963. His parents, Tony and Connie Tarantino, are of Italian and Irish/Cherokee descent. His parents met in Los Angeles and had a brief marriage leading to an early divorce. Quentin left LA with his mother moving back to Knoxville.
His mother’s second marriage was to Curtis Zastoupil, a musician. Quentin Tarantino’s stepfather encouraged his love for movies and was his companion to several film screenings.
Quentin Tarantino wrote his first screenplay – Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit – when he was 14 years old. He later dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and began work as an usher in a porn theatre – Pussycat Theatre. He also began to attend ‘James Best Theatre Company’ for acting classes. There, he met many people that he ended up collaborating with later in his career.
Another integral learning curve for Quentin was his job in a video store – Video Archives – at Manhattan Beach, California for 5 years. He had access to several videos and the opportunity to peruse them. This is one of the reasons Quentin describes himself as a self-taught filmmaker.
His first job in Hollywood was in 1986 where he worked as a production assistant with Roger Avary on the movie Maximum Potential. Then, in the early 90s, he was hired to write the script for From Dusk to Dawn by Robert Kurtzman.
Quentin Tarantino’s movies have received a lot of criticism regarding violence, attitude to women, racism, sex issues amongst others. Despite these observations, his works have received several Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Saturn Awards, and BAFTA Awards, among others.
Movies And TV Shows Ranked In Order Of Release
Here is a list of Quentin Tarantino’s movies and television shows according to date of release.
1. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Quentin Tarantino wrote, directed and appeared in Reservoir Dogs in 1992; it became an instant hit with the audience and critics. The movie which is about a planned heist gone wrong was his debut and set the tone for his other movies. It is characterized by what has become Quentin Tarantino’s signature – a blend of pop culture, violence, obscenity, and disjointed narrative.
The film was called ‘the Greatest Independent Film’ ever made by Empire magazine. Rotten Tomatoes rates the film 91% on 68 reviews.
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This crime film was also written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film got him an Academy Award for “Best Original Screenplay” and several other awards and nominations. It has been described as Quentin’s masterpiece. The movie made a total of $213.9 million against a budget of $8-$8.5 million. It is not hard to why this is considered one of the best movies Quentin Tarantino has ever made.
3. Jackie Brown (1997)
The film is an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard. Leonard called the movie his favorite of the numerous screen adaptations of his works. The film made $74.7 million against a $12 million budget.
4. Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
This American martial arts movie is rated 84% on Rotten tomatoes. The story is that of a scorned bride who strives to exert revenge on a team of assassins after they attempted to take her life and that of her unborn child. The film made more than three times its budget of $30 million in the box office, raking in $180.9 million.
5. Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
The second volume of the revenge flick was a success like the first, making $152.2 million at the box office.
6. Death Proof (2007)
This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s movies that didn’t do well in the box office despite the positive reviews. The horror film barely broke even making $30.7 million at the box office against a budget of $30 million.
7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
As expected, Inglorious Basterds received lots of positive reviews by critics upon release with 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Quentin Tarantino also received his second Academy Award for the film and it became his highest-grossing film with $321.5 million in the box office until Django Unchained.
8. Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained highlights the revenge of a former U.S. Slave. This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s movies which was a success critically and at the box office. It made a staggering $425.4 million against a $100 million budget.
The film also made the top ten list of various renowned critics and got an approval rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. The Hateful Eight (2015)
The western thriller was received with mixed reaction by critics. Despite this, it made $155.8 million against a budget of $44-54 million. The film also garnered several awards and nominations. Among them are Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards.
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
The film was met with positive acclaim as most of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which had several A-list stars as cast members, got an approval rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes